How to Find Your Computer Name in Windows

Article by James Swackhammer updated March 18, 2020

Did you know that your computer has a name? If you were unaware of this detail, now is the time to give your computer the virtual hand shake and introduce yourself. Every computer that deals with a network has a name and an IP address. In this post I’ll show you how to find your computer / pc name in Windows.

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Computer names are easy identifiers, whereas giving randomized characters can be difficult to remember. Take your car license plate for an example, it could be some arbitrary like (just an example) YH2D-P9N. I won’t remember that but, having an office computer and a home work station named James-Work and James-Home is much easier to remember.

The computer name is also known as the HOSTNAME in terms of SOLIDWORKS Licensing. Your IT, or software tech – like a Javelin Tech, may ask you for your computer name to ensure they have the correct computer.

So how do you find your computer name in Windows? Follow these steps for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10.

Windows 7

  1. Click the Start Menu
  2. Right Click Computer
  3. Select Properties
  4. The computer name will be under the heading Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings

Windows 8

  1. Press the Windows logo
  2. Key in +X to see the list of commands and options
  3. Click System
  4. The computer name will be under the heading Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings

Windows 10

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Click System and Security
  3. Then Select System
  4. The computer name will be under the heading Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings

QUICK TIP: For Windows 10 you can also just enter ‘pc name’ in the search box on the Taskbar (next to the start button) and Windows will direct you to find it.

Now that you know your computer name, this will help when troubleshooting.

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James Swackhammer

James is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Application Expert based in the Javelin Oakville head office